The new iPhones feature updated hardware for NFC which supports background tag reading. This permits the new phones to scan for and reads NFC tags without requiring users to launch an app for that beforehand.
The iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and the Apple Watch Series 4 are now available for pre-order. This means that folks in participating launch countries can place orders for the new devices on Apple’s website, the mobile Apple Store app, or via one of Apple’s third-party retail partners.
This will be my first year upgrading to the new iPhone as a member of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program. Say what you want about the poor economics of the ‘leasing’ model, but with no need to list my old phone on eBay or fork over $1,000+, this may be one of my most stress-free iPhone upgrades ever. That being said, there are a few things worth noting if you’re planning to upgrade to the new iPhone Xs or Xs Max using Apple’s Upgrade Program.